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Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/through-our-eyes-pictures-young-migrants-samos-greece

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Why Trumps ‘maximum pressure’ foreign policy yields minimum results

The president is heading into 2020 with no major successes and looming crises so many expect him to attempt to reverse the trend with dramatic deals Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 elections with no clear-cut foreign policy successes, some dramatic failures and a string of looming crises around the world that could undermine his bid for re-election. For that reason, many expect the president to try to reverse the trend with dramatic interventions around the globe with uncertain outcomes which will make the next 16 months even more…

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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive…

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Officials at UN agency for Palestinians face ethical abuse claims

Investigation launched into UNRWA over alleged nepotism and discrimination Senior figures at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees have been accused of serious ethical abuses, including nepotism, according to an internal review. Credible and corroborated allegations were made last year in a confidential internal ethics report by and about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), according to the Agence France-Presse news agency, facing a crisis after the US cut hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. UNRWA said Krhenbhl had instructed all staff to fully cooperate with the…

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Chinas first cyber-dissident jailed for 12 years

Huang Qi, who ran a website reporting on sensitive topics, is accused of leaking state secrets Chinas first cyber-dissident, whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets. Huang Qi ran a website called 64 Tianwang named after the bloody 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters. His sentence is one of the harshest meted out to a dissident since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, according to court records. Huang was guilty of leaking national…

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Four dead after gunman goes on 12-hour ‘violent spree’ in Los Angeles

Police have arrested suspect who fatally shot his father, brother and two others in the San Fernando Valley A man shot and killed his father, brother and two others on Thursday during a 12-hour rampage in Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, eluding an intense manhunt until plainclothes officers arrested him soon after he gunned down a city bus passenger, authorities said. Police said they did not know what had motivated the suspect, identified as Gerry Zaragoza, 26, in the attacks. It is obviously an individual that went on a violent…

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Indian farmers shocked as suspected meteorite crashes into rice field

Football-sized object landed in paddy in Bihar state after fireball came down from sky A suspected meteorite crashed into the middle of a rice field in eastern India, authorities say. The object the size of a football landed with a thud in a paddy field in Madhubani district in Bihar state on Monday, startling farmers and sending up clouds of smoke. Kapil Ashok, the magistrate for Madhubani, 1,100 people were injured after a meteorite flared in the skies above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The meteor broke up before it…

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Yogi Berra’s baseball bat and a $17,500 typewriter: a visit to the auction of Philip Roth’s estate

The great American novelist died last year and a huge stash of personal effects went on sale last week. J Oliver Conroy went along About 10 years ago, Philip Roth asked his friend Russ Murdock the longtime caretaker of Roths rural Connecticut home and, as he got older, of Roth himself to carve his headstone. Roth told Murdock, a stonemason, to model it on Albert Camuss: just names and dates, in simple block letters, etched into a stone Murdock later dug up on the property. Then, last spring, Roth, who…

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Brain scans of US embassy staff to Cuba may show abnormalities

Diplomats had reported falling ill after what was thought to be acoustic attack Brain scans of US embassy staff who became ill in mysterious circumstances while serving in Cuba have found potential abnormalities that may be related to their symptoms. The scans taken from 40 US government workers who suffered strange concussion-like symptoms during their deployment to Havana revealed that particular brain features looked different to those in healthy volunteers. Images of the diplomats brains found that on average they had lower volumes of white matter, the tissue made from…

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How Hong Kong maids became caught in a humanitarian tsunami

Migrant workers who become pregnant by their employers face dismissal, homelessness and a swift return home The sun had not yet risen in Hong Kong when Sally*, a domestic worker, was woken and told she needed to leave immediately. As she lay on the sofa, confused, Sally saw her employer standing over her with a piece of paper he wanted her to sign. It was a resignation letter he had written for her. She was being let go because she was pregnant. Her employer, a German man in his 50s,…

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Ilhan Omar’s constituents ‘proud to stand by her’ over Trump’s racist words

The Democratic congresswoman received an angry, racist volley from Donald Trump which hardened her supporters resolve to defend her When Donald Trump began targeting Ilhan Omar and other progressive congresswomen of color with racist attacks, demanding they leave the country, Erica Mauter knew she had to counter his dangerous message. If [Trump] was going to let that message be the one that resounds and resonates from him, then if she was indeed coming back home to Minnesota, were going to welcome her, said Mauter, who lives in the states fifth…

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Cape Cod great white shark gives family a fright by snatching fish from line

Captain says encounter captured on video shot from fishing boat just left everyone in awe A family fishing in Cape Cod Bay had Atlantic White Shark Conservancy confirmed it was a great white, as did Marc Costa, captain of the Orleans-based Columbia Sportfishing vessel involved. Costa said the boat was about three miles west of Great Island in Wellfleet when the shark made its move. The captain told the Cape Cod Times the encounter just left everyone in awe. One returned to waters off Cape Cod in recent years, thanks…

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Zack Seckler’s best photograph: wild Iceland from the air

The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. Theres all sorts of wildlife too birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.…

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Former German spy chief causes alarm by sharing far-right tweets

Critics question judgment of Georg Maaen for spreading lies and extremist agitation When he was in charge of Germanys domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maaen warned of how easy it was for people to be led astray by disinformation and clumsy fake reports on the internet. But since his dismissal from office last September, the former spy chiefs behaviour on social media has raised questions over his own ability to distinguish conspiracy theories from truthful reporting, and sparked a debate about the neutrality of the powerful intelligence agency during a period…

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Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair undergoes name change

Decision fuels speculation that troubled plane will be rebranded once it is given all clear to fly A Boeing 737 Max due to be delivered to Ryanair has had the name Max dropped from the livery, further fuelling speculation that the manufacturer and airlines will seek to rebrand the troubled plane once it is given the all clear to fly again. Photos have emerged of a 737 Max in Ryanair colours outside Boeings manufacturing hub, with the designation 737-8200 instead of 737 Max on the nose. The 737-8200 is a…

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